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Now that Galib has quit party,
Congress remembers his poor track record
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
In a major development, the spokesperson for the All India Congress Committee, Manish Tewari, has challenged his SAD rival Gurcharan Singh Galib that he would withdraw his candidature from the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections if Galib could prove that he had asked even a single question or participated in any debate during his two terms in the House.

Referring to his rival while addressing a gathering last night, Tewari said: “I will withdraw my name immediately if Galib establishes from the parliamentary record that he had ever initiated any debate, moved a private Bill or even raised a single question. Is it right for an elected representative not to speak a single word for his constituency or the country during his two terms in the House?

“You will be surprised to learn that our MP did not utter a single syllable ever. And parliamentary records prove my point,” he said.

Galib was elected MP twice earlier on Congress ticket in 1991 and 1999. He shifted his alliance to the SAD this year, saying that the Congress had neglected his constituency ever since Independence.

The Congress spokesperson further said: “I ask Galib to come out for a public debate and speak on issues of national interested, particularly, about the issues of the Ludhiana constituency. Let people judge from the content of the debate what they should expect from their leader who will carry their voice to the country’s decision-making House.”

Tewari said a perusal of the parliamentary records during the past 29 years showed that no major issues pertaining to the local population ever featured in the House. As an elected representative of a constituency which was one of the major contributors to the state exchequer, no excuse could justify why these issues, including roads and infrastructure, remained ignored.

“I would also like to know what concrete initiatives were ever initiated to clear the rush on roads, to ensure 24-hour power supply, streamline congested corners and ensure sanitation. A MP needs to carry a well-documented report for a ready reply to his voters,” he said.

When contacted for his comments, Galib said: “Let the public answer the questions of the Congress candidate. The votes will be a reward for the work I have done on ground on a series of projects for public welfare.”

A spokesperson for the SAD said: “Isn’t it strange that the Congress is looking into the parliamentary tenure of Galib when he joined our party. Were they sleeping when he was MP on Congress ticket twice? No politician who has not worked for his people can even dream to contest again.”


PSEB technical staff put on poll duty
Directions violated 
Mahesh Sharma

Jarag (Ludhiana), April 24
Flouting directions of the Chief Election Officer (CEO), Punjab, the Ludhiana District Election Officer has put technical staff of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) on election duty.

Services in almost all subdivisions of the power Board were being affected and repair and maintenance was hit in localities served by the local subdivision of Khanna division of the district.

All 70 technical staff members of the subdivision were not available to consumers as they had gone to attend poll rehearsal at Payal today.

Ironically, the clerical staff was exempted from poll duty.

SDM, Payal, Neetu Katyal feigned ignorance about the directions and maintained that lists were prepared and finalised by the district authorities.

Trade union leaders of the board have urged the authorities, including the Chief Election Officer, to impress upon the officials to review duty lists keeping in view harvesting and high velocity winds.

Darbara Singh, union leader, said, all members of technical staff at Jarag subdivision had been put on poll duty.

Perusal of memorandum purportedly circulated among all district election officers of the state revealed that members of the technical staff of the power Board had been exempted from poll duty.

“You are being informed the staff of the PSEB can be deputed on poll duty. But the technical staff of the board is concerned with essential services. So only technical staff of the PSEB should not be put on poll duty,” reads copy of memorandum.



EC order was flouted, but DSP says no 
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
In what seems to be a mere eyewash, the DSP, who was asked by the district election officer to explain the presence of more than five persons during the filing of the nomination papers by SAD candidate Gurcharan Singh Galib on April 22, has said the Election Commission’s order was not flouted.

In his reply, the DSP, special cell, Gurdyal Singh, has said two candidates, including Galib and his covering candidate and wife, Amarjit Kaur, had filed their papers on that day. Moreover, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s guards were also present.

He said the SP (City-I), Harsh Bansal, was to look after the security arrangements outside the returning officer’s office.

The Deputy Commission-cum-returning officer, Vikas Garg, who had asked the DSP for an explanation, said he was busy with election observers. He did not say whether he was satisfied with the reply.

Contrary to the DSP’s claims, more than 20 leaders belonging to the ruling alliance had entered the office of the returning officer during Galib’s nomination in the presence of the Chief Minister.

Those who entered the office included the CM, Ranjit Singh Talwandi, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Amarjit Singh Bhatia, ML Bagga, Prem Mittal, Satpal Gosain, Hira Singh Gabria, Bhai Gurcharan Singh Grewal, Ajmer Singh Bhagpur, Kamaljit Singh Dua, Baba Lopon, Harish Bedi, Harish Rai Dhanda, Vijay Danav, Naresh Dhiman, Balwinder Singh Bains, Harmohan Singh Guddu and several others. Galib’s wife and daughter were also present.

Mediapersons had pictures of all these leaders inside the office.

They had even questioned the DC how he had allowed so many people inside. Passing on the responsibility for the violation, the DC had asked the DSP to explain the matter. 



Plastic bags consume cattle
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
The unabated use of plastic bags in violation of the Punjab Plastic Bags Control Act is responsible for the death of dozens of cattlehead in the city and its periphery.

In a recent incident, a cow fell ill at a gaushala and when it was operated upon, 40 kg of plastic was removed from its stomach.

Expressing resentment over the attitude of the past Deputy Commissioners, Vinay Tayal, founder of the gaushala, stated: “We have tried to take up the matter of strict implementation of the ban on plastic bags, but none of the DCs paid heed to our requests.”

Similarly, Sanjiv Jagannath, member of the Govind Godham Gaushala management committee, said the organisation was regularly holding camps for stray cattle coming to the gaushala.

He said the cows that were operated following symptoms of indigestion and sickness had large quantity of plastic in their stomach. Several cows were unable to survive despite operations.

Cheap bags contain cadmium or lead-based chemicals that are harmful to humans as well as animals. These leach into vegetables, meat and foods lying in garbage and polythene bags find their way in the gut of the cattle, asphyxiating it.

Without a proper system to dispose of garbage, stray cattle often consume plastic bags while trying to eat vegetable waste and it leads to slow starvation and death.

Dr Harbans Singh Dhalla of the Veterinary Club, Ludhiana, stated that the cattle gulped the fodder/food and chewed it later. In the process, plastic stuck to their intestines, resulting in major obstructions.

He stated that various cities had not just banned the use of plastic, but also were strictly implementing the ban. This, however, was not the case in Punjab.



Badal to canvass for Galib tomorrow
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 24
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will provide a boost to the election campaign of the SAD-BJP candidate from Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat Gurcharan Singh Galib here on Sunday with his presence in around 25 meetings to be organised in different parts of the city.

Badal will discuss the electoral strategy with party activists at the residence of Galib early in the morning. Later in the day, he will address rallies at Gol Market, Harmilap Bhawan, ward no. 60, Urban Estate, division no. 3, Bindraban Road, Atam Nagar and the sports stadium in Phullanwal village.

Galib said the Punjabis in general, and the Sikhs in particular, would not vote for the Congress as wounds inflicted by 1984 riots had not healed yet. Addressing an election meeting at Phullanwal today, he said the younger generation was going to play a significant role in the coming elections.

"We must organise, educate and motivate the youth. It is for the SAD-BJP activists to acquaint the youth with the Congress misrule and step-motherly treatment given by them to Punjab," he added.

Meanwhile, International Sant Samaj and Sant Sipahi Dal have jointly decided to support the SAD-BJP combine on all seats in Punjab and the ruling coalition candidate Galib on Ludhiana seat. Sant Shamsher Singh Jagera and Baba Ranjit Singh said the Congress had not given equal rights to the minorities and mistreated the Sikh community. They said installation of an NDA government at the Centre would be beneficial for development. It would help Punjab gain by way of liberal financial assistance, they added.



40 candidates in fray
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
A total of 40 candidates are in the fray for the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat on the last day of filing nomination papers.

The Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer said as many as 47 nomination papers were filed.

Congress candidate Manish Tiwari and SAD candidate Gurcharan Singh Galib filed three nominations each. Tulsi Ram Mishra of the Samajwadi Party filed two nominations, while Independent candidates Shambu Kumar Singh and Vijay Kumar Goel filed two nominations each.

The candidates are: Shiv Sunder and Daljinder Singh, both Independents, Kehar Singh and Amarjeet Singh of BJP, Ajay Tandon (Independent); Manish Tewari (Congress), Harish Kumar (Rashtrawadi Sena), Bobby (Independent), Sanjeev Kumar Atwal (Democratic Bharatiya Samaj Party), Lal Chand Rao (All-India Jan Samaj Party), Bhola Singh (Bahujan Vikas Party), Tehal Singh (Bahujan Vikas Party), Tulsi Ram Misra (Samajwadi Party), Shamsher Alam (Samajwadi Party), Harbans Singh (Independent), Jaspal Singh (Bharatiya Gau Taj Dal), Gurcharan Singh and Amarjit Kaur (Shiromani Akali Dal), Chander Dev Singh (Indepandent), Laddu Shah (Lok Priya Samaj Party), Gurinder Singh Sood (National Panthers Party), Surinder Singh Sodhi (Lok Janshakti Party), Ravinder Kumar (Independent), Jasvir Singh Thethi (Independent), Rajesh Kumar (Independent), Girdhari Lal (Lok Bhalai Party), Kunal (Independent), Amrit Tiwari (Indian National Congress), Jatinderpal Singh, Shambhu Kumar, Vijay Kumar Goel, Gurcharan Singh, Seikh Mukhtiar, Ravinder Kumar, Gurdeep Singh Kahlon, Rajesh Patel, Balbir Singh, Rajesh Kumar and Rajesh Gandhi, all Independents and Charan Dass of Bhaujan Samaj Morcha.



Atwal opens office at Khamano
Our Correspondent

Khamano, April 24
SAD-BJP candidate from the Fatehgarh Sahib constituency Charanjit Singh Atwal opened an election office here today.

A road show was organised in the town which started from Ganga filling station and culminated at Ranwan.

Addressing a gathering, he said the Congress had been unable to resolve crucial issues concerning the state in spite of being in power for a long time.

He said the Congress was responsible for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and attack on Darbar Sahib in Amritsar. He termed the Congress anti-Sikh and anti-Punjab.

He also assailed Sukhdev Singh Libra for joining the Congress. He said Libra had failed to raise any question in the last Lok Sabha and had lost the right to get re-elected.

Various speakers appealed to people to vote for Atwal. Samrala MLA Jagjiwan Singh Khirnian, SAD president district Jagdeep Singh Cheema, election in-charge Karnail Singh Panjoli and Kirpal Singh Khirnian urged people to attend the April-28 rally of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal in the town.

A large number of party workers took part in the road show.



Khalsa Panchayat backs Cong
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 24
The Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat, a radical Sikh body and an adversary of Akali leadership, especially Parkash Singh Badal, has appealed to the people, particularly the Sikhs, to vote for the Congress-led UPA.

Addressing a meeting at Amarpura, convener Bhupinder Singh Nimana said the SAD-BJP alliance in Punjab and support to NDA's prime ministerial candidate Lal Krishan Advani was a threat to Sikhs and other minorities. He further said there could be no comparison between Dr Manmohan Singh and Advani. The Prime Minister was an honest and committed person and a world renowned economist. 



Fire chars machinery worth crores
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
Material worth Rs 1.5 crore was gutted in a fire that broke out in a unit at Rahon Road last evening.

According to eyewitnesses, the unit caught fire around 6.15 pm. Labourers tried to douse the flame with fire-extinguishers but the situation got out of hand and a fire waggon was pressed into service.

Subhash, unit owner, said, “Machinery and material worth crores got burnt. It was Swiss machinery and was quite expensive.” However, no labourer was injured in the fire. He said the unit was insured.

Suspecting short-circuit as the reason for the fire, he said he had gone home for some work and was informed about the incident later.



‘Radiation can cause variation in crops’

Ludhiana, April 24
"Plant breeding is driven by variation and radiation can induce variation", this was stated by Dr BS Ahluwalia, former consultant FAO-International Atomic Energy Agency, Austria, while delivering a lecture on “Radiation-induced mutation in crop improvement” in the auditorium of Dr MS Randhawa Library, PAU, here yesterday.

Dr Ahluwalia said the aim of plant breeding was to enhance production through improving yield and quality. He elaborated on the technologies, achievements and future of mutation-assisted breeding with a focus on horticultural crops. He said the use of physical and chemical mutagens (EMS) had found varied applications for crop improvement.

Dr Ahluwalia described the benefits of radiation for producing new varieties of cereals, oilseeds crops, pulses, fruits and flowers.

Talking about what the PAU could do in this area of crop improvement, Dr Ahluwalia said disease indexing service could be geared up for providing indexed disease-free cultures and protocols, checking health of plants produced by the private tissue culture units and investigating health status of tissue-culture derived plants at farm level. — TNS



660 wheat bags found overweight
Commission agent, weighing in charge fined
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, April 24
Farmers staged a protest after 660 bags of wheat were found overweight at the grain market of Dalla village, near here. Earlier, a farmer of the village had accused a commission agent of the market of overweighing grains. The agent is a high-profile Akali leader of Jagraon.

Jaswant Singh of the village alleged that the owners of Jagir Singh and Company had overweighed his produce. He claimed that he took his wheat to the agent who filled it in 152 bags of 50 kg each.

The wheat was weighed again it was found that each bag contained 3.3 kg of excess wheat.

He called SAD (A) district president Tarlok Singh Dalla, who reached there with his supporters. He was joined by Congress leader Darshan Singh Dalla.

They raised slogans against the commission agent as weighing labour and their in charge Ganata fled the scene.

Leaders and workers of the Kirti Kissan Union also later joined the protest.

Jagraon market committee secretary Rajinder Singh Dalla was summoned and he found the allegation of the farmers true.

Jagraon SDM Mukand Singh along with the police reached the the grain market when the situation started to get out of hand.

Around 660 bags in the market were found overweight. On inquiry, it was stated that the error had occurred in the weighing scale. The in-charge of weighing was fined Rs 600 and the commission agent was penalised Rs 3,000.

Both sides reached a compromise after the excess wheat was refunded to the respective farmers.

Farmer leader, however, demanded stringent action against them.



BSNL staff observe fast
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
Non-executive staff of the BSNL observed a day’s fast to press on the management for an early wage revision here today. The fast was observed by the staff members even as they continued to perform their duties.

Balbir Singh and Balwinder Singh, circle secretary and district secretary, respectively, of the BSNL Employees’ Union, said wage revision of the ITS officers, who were on deputation to the BSNL, and around 60,000 executives had already been implemented and arrears of lakhs of rupees were paid to them.

In case of non-executive employees, the management was not ready to pay even the interim relief. Their wage revision was due from January 1, 2007.

They said the employees were demanding an interim relief of Rs 40,000 to 50,000.

As a result, the forum of the BSNL workers will observe a strike on May 19 and May 20. 



Draughtsmen cry foul

Ludhiana, April 24
The Punjab Draughtsman Association president Gurcharan Singh Heera today said the report submitted by the pay commission to the Punjab government was incomplete as the pay scale recommended by their organisation in its memorandum was not incorporated.

Addressing a meeting here, he said, “Earlier we used to get increment of 4 per cent, while this time it has been reduced to 3 per cent.” — TNS



Excise association new chief welcomed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
Members of the Central Excise Inspectors' Association organised a party at the Sutlej Club here yesterday to celebrate the election of Ashok Sharma as president of the Customs and Central Excise Gazetted Executive Officers' Association, Chandigarh zone.

The members of the Central Excise Inspectors’ Association congratulated Ashok Sharma on his victory and wished him success for a new stint.

Speaking on the occasion, Ashok Sharma thanked the supporters.

He said both associations had cordial relations and had been working together on issues like office infrastructure, working atmosphere and cadre stagnation.



Firm launches on-road protector policy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
After the successful launch of the on-road protector, add on to the auto-protector policy in the northern market; IFFCO-Tokio General Insurance Company Limited (ITGI) launched a road assistance policy in Ludhiana yesterday.

The on-road protector is available to its existing customers (at the time of renewal) and new customers of IFFCO-Tokio as add on to its motor insurance policy- auto protector- on payment of nominal additional premium. The policy will soon be launched all over he country.

Designed to address the customers’ needs in the event of a peril striking their car, on-road protector is a true support for a car owner in times of distress when assistance is required for the car or its passengers.

For instance, if the insured vehicle is immobilised and the passengers in it are injured too, IFFCO-Tokio’s On-Road Protector will not only arrange for onward/return travel, accommodation and delivery of repaired vehicle but will also undertake medical coordination for the injured passengers when the vehicle is outside 100-km from the place of work or residence. If the customer calls in for support within 100- km, on-road protector will take care of transportation, repairs, medical help and host of other benefits.

Customers can call one central No. 1800-103-5499 from anywhere.



Sitar player enchants audience 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
A function was organised to promote Indian classical music and culture among youth by an organisation started by Bhaini Sahib, SPIC MACAY, near here yesterday.

The headquarters of Namdhari sect, Bhaini Sahib, is a name reckoned with the Indian classical music, as head of Namdharis Satguru Pratap Singh is well-versed with it.

He is running a music academy at Bhaini Sahib, which has produced great singers and musicians.

Office-bearers of the organisation Atul Talwar, Neelam Kapoor and MA Zaheer were present on the occasion.

Noted sitar player Dr Varinder Kumar mesmerised the audience and artists at the Satguru Pratap Academy musical event. A disciple of Ustaad Vilayat Khan, Dr Varinder, played raag ‘Ahir Todi’ along with disciple of Ustaad Alla Rakha Khan Rakesh Malviya. The programme was followed by an interactive session with the acdemy students.



Tabla instructor declared Mr Singh
Our Correspondent

Doraha, April 24
Nanak Singh Deol won the title of Mr Singh 2009-10 in a competition organised in Delhi recently.

Only 100 contestants were called in for interviews out of 500 nominees. Of these, 16 proceeded to the semifinals.

Nanak said there were three rounds on the ramp and each participant was given two minutes to speak on any topic.

“As I am personally concerned about the rapidly declining sex ratio especially in Punjab, I spoke on female foeticide and was selected for the final round along with four other participants. The jury asked me the names of the parents of the fourth Sikh Guru, which I answered correctly,” Nanak said.

Nanak lives in Simran Kendra at Kotla Ajmer, near Khanna, and is a tabla instructor at Mata Ganga Khalsa College for Girls, Kottan.

“Sant Surjit Singh, my guide and mentor, inspired me to walk the ramp. I attribute my success to my parents, wife and colleagues.”

From childhood Nanak developed interest in religious teachings and principles. He said winning was not as important as his appeal to youngsters to shun ills and try to recreate a society where goodness prevailed and morals were valued.

He was awarded with a gold plume and a cash prize of Rs 21,000.



Biotechnology school to boost agriculture
l Improve crops l Produce diseasefree planting material through micropropagation. l Vaccines for cattle and poultry 
Disease diagnostic kits l Bio-fertiliser l Bio-insecticides l Bio-fuels and energy l Bio-electricity l Use of compost and straw to generate biogas 
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
Punjab Agricultural University has set up a school of biotechnology to give boost to research in agriculture and allied subjects. Biotechnology has major implications in medicine, veterinary, agriculture, forestry and environment, particularly in the removal of pollutants. According to a recent report, the global added value of biotechnology would reach 22 billion dollars by 2010.

According to Dr Manjit Singh Kang, Vice-Chancellor, the school had the mandate to carry out research, education and extension in agricultural biotechnology with the mission to upgrade the value of agricultural products and to invent processes to enhance quality of the agricultural produce in Punjab. Some of the immediate research was focussed on developing technologies for rapid multiplication; insert genes for resistance to insect pests through recombinant DNA; sequencing of genomes of wheat, and stacking up several genes for resistance to diseases in rice and wheat.

Currently, there were 25 research projects costing Rs 11.5 crore funded by various national and international organisations.

Dr BS Ahluwalia, who works in Vienna (Austria), is the brain behind the school. He said the establishment of the school had been a timely step to fill in the needs of agriculture in Punjab.

The school is headed by director of school Dr SS Gosal.

Dr Ahluwalia said around 10 to 15 years were required for research to reach farmers. The school was in its infancy but had already made some contributions.

One major achievement was the largescale propagation of disease-free planting material of sugarcane; the technology was routinely used by the sugarcane mills to produce and distribute material to the sugarcane growers. Although, Bt-cotton has been produced by private biotech companies, many of the issues in the release of these had to be resolved by biotech school. Bt-cotton was the forerunner of many similar genetically improved crops based on biotech research and development.

According to Dr Ahluwalia, during the past five years India had witnessed 35 per cent annual growth in biotech industry. Biotech boom was expected to continue and newer opportunities would be created in agricultural sector.

Thus there will be a huge demand for trained manpower in specific areas and there was an urgent need to create a talent pool in the country. The school will go a long way to fill the gaps and utilise the opportunities offered by biotechnology in the coming decade.



Kendriya Vidyalaya celebrates annual day 
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, April 24
Kendriya Vidyala No. 1 at AD Halwara celebrated its annual day last evening. Group Captain Vikram Singh was the chief guest and Dr Aarti Singh was the guest of honour.

Scouts and Guides of the school welcomed the guests. The function commenced with Saraswati Vandana.

Jungle dance on “Chun chun kerti ayi chidiya” was presented by children. The other attractions included folk dances of Haryana, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh, hip-hop dance, English play “The Bishop's Candle Stick”, medley, gidha and bhangra.

Principal Shakuntla Malik read out the annual report and highlighted the achievements of the school.

Sahil, Abhishek, Parneet, Savpreet, Ankita Hota, Anshuman Kalia and Akansha were declared best performers in various activities. Swayamtripit Panda was declared best speaker and debator of the school while Urmi Mala Bharavi was declared 
best dancer.



Placement drive at KIMT
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
The training and placement cell at KIMT organised a placement drive for its students on the campus yesterday.

Final-year students of MBA participated in the HDFC Standard Life’s placement drive. The drive was held to recruit candidates for the post of SDM.

A team of senior HR managers headed by Pratap Nanda, territory manager, gave a presentation and had discussion with students regarding their queries.

Three rounds of selection were conducted starting with written test, group discussion and final personal interview round.

Pooja Gupta and Shweta Goyal were selected with a pay package of Rs 2 lakh per annum.

KIMT president PPS Grewal and members of the managing committee appreciated the participation of the students.



Students inspired to save earth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
As a part of the Earth Day celebrations, BCM Senior Secondary School showed movies to students. The movies highlighted the continuous degradation of environment. School principal DP Guleria encouraged the students to save the earth.

Graduation ceremony

Green Land Senior Secondary Public School organised a graduation ceremony of kindergarten students here today. Chariman-cum-director of the school Rajesh Rudra congratulated the students for their excellent performance. He said children would help the country to move forward.



Bid to abduct girl, youth held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
Tension prevailed at the Mall Road when a youth allegedly tried to abduct a girl in his car here today. The youth was nabbed and handed over to the police.

It was later revealed that the youth had been harassing the girl by making indecent calls.

The incident took place this afternoon when a youth, Nitin Bhardwaj, an engineering student and a resident of Civil City, tried to abduct the girl.

The youth grabbed Sunita (name changed) and tried to force her into a black Lancer car, which was occupied by his accomplices.

The girl raised the alarm, hearing which the brother of Sunita’s friend Deepi, who was standing nearby, caught hold of the youth and beat him up. Passersby also joined him in thrashing the youth. His accomplices, however, fled the scene.

The youth was taken to the division No. 5 police station.

The victim, a resident of Anand Vihar, Bahadurke Road, said the youth had been troubling her for the past one month.

The girl alleged that Nitin had been sending her indecent messages and calling her at odd hour.

“Today, when Nitin called me up again, my friend advised me to call him near an institute. The youth landed at the institute and told me to come near the BSNL office. I called my friend’s brother. When I was walking towards the BSNL office, a youth arrived in a car hurled abuses at me. In the meantime, Nitin called me up again and told me to come and sit in the Lancer car. When I refused to oblige, he alighted from the car and tried to abduct me,” the victim alleged.

Subsequently, Daljeet Singh, brother of victim’s friend, nabbed the youth.

On the other hand, Nitin said the girl had been talking to him willingly and was ready to come along. He alleged that the girl had concocted the abduction theory. The police has yet to take action in this regard.



Hairstylist hurt in shootout
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
A man received a bullet injury in a shootout here last night. Sources said the shootout was in retaliation to an earlier incident, in which three bullets were fired at Manvir, a resident of Gill village, by Jasvir Singh, Inderjeet Singh, Bhagwant, and Gurdeep of Shajad village at the district court complex.

The sources further said the victim, Jeewan Mattu, a hairstylist, was caught in the crossfire. Though the police managed to arrest Jasvir, others were still at large.

Manvir received information that Jasvir was meeting the hairstylist to get his beard trimmed.

Manvir along with an accomplice reached the scene and opened fire. Jasvir retaliated and fired back.

Though Manvir and his accomplice fled the scene, Jeewan was caught in the crossfire and a bullet hit his neck. He was taken to the DMC Hospital, where his condition was stated to be serious. A case has been registered against Manvir and his accomplice. 



Minor raped
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
A 13-year-old minor was allegedly raped by a youth in a shanty situated near a petrol station here last evening. The matter came to light today when the Haibowal police booked the accused for rape.

According to the police, the minor was raped by Mahinder who lived in a shanty nearby. The victim’s mother said the accused found the girl alone and gagged her before raping her. Later, he fled from the spot.



Sandeep, Gaurav script Ludhiana win
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 24
A fine batting display by Rohan Marwaha (179), Shiv Luv (51) and Navneet Singh (45) went in vain, as hosts Ludhiana defeated Amritsar by 30 runs in the opening match of the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (u-16) for the ML Markan Trophy at MGM Public School here today.

In reply to Ludhiana’s first innings total of 401 runs for nine wickets, visitors resumed their reply today at 30 for no loss. They were cruising well when Sandeep Singh and Gaurav Sharma of Ludhiana wrapped up Amritsar’s innings at 371 after 79.4 overs.

Rohan faced 226 balls and smashed 179 runs, including a six. Shiv Luv’s essay of 51 runs came off in 74 balls with the help of eight boundaries while Navneet Singh contributed 45 runs, followed by Vishwas Mahajan and Rahul Sharma who scored 42 and 18 runs, respectively.

For Ludhiana, Sandeep Singh who scored 167 runs, also bowled accurately, chipping in with five wickets in 24.4 overs. Right arm spinner Gaurav Sharma scalped four victims in 21 overs after conceding 90 runs.

In the second innings, Ludhiana scored 41 runs for 2 wickets. Now, Ludhiana will take on Minor Districts Zone B, Ropar, in the second match scheduled to be played at the same venue on April 26 and 27.



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